British Telecom (BT) has landed a global managed networked IT services contract from Anglo American for $220 million (£138 million).
Included in the contract are all of the mining giant's networking requirements, at several hundreds of locations, for five years. These locations include countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe. BT will utilise its BT Connect portfolio of networking solutions, and will have the challenge of supplying to locations in remote mining areas. These areas will use technologies such as Ethernet, satellite and microwave access.
The contract also includes global Internet access for mobile workers, which comes with a secure remote access option. A converged communications platform will also be provided by BT, which will bring together all Anglo American voice services into one single platform. Six "telepresence" products will be made available at four different major sites, and 130 sites will receive video conferencing and web conferencing products. According to the deal, BT will also become Anglo American's preferred supplier for network hardware equipment.
"BT has helped us bring together our remote operations so we can truly leverage our global scale and reapply best practice from wherever it is created to wherever it is needed," commented Mike Bowden, Anglo American's group chief information officer.